This is the one room in our home that is used more often than any other. It's our gathering space when we have guests, and it's the first room everyone sees when they enter our home. Naturally, I do my best to keep it tidy and clean and welcoming, and now that our Christmas tree is down it's a lot easier to do that!
Here's our front room from the hallway outside our bedroom.
The view from the front door.
The view from the corner of the living room.
Some of our hopes and dreams and plans include tearing down the wood panels and painting the walls, ripping up the patterned carpet and laying down an area rug instead so we can show off the hardwood floors underneath, and replacing the funeral home drapes with panels and sheers. I also want to get some table lamps for our end tables to make it a little warmer in here.
The Great Panel Debate: My parents really liked it. My dad said he must have arrived at a point in his life where he'd keep it because it's "good enough". I've never been a big fan of it, and seeing our furniture in these pictures reinforces the idea that it just doesn't work--our furniture blends in! Of course, we could buy all new furniture, but I think our checking account would go on strike.